By Eric Worre
Inviting prospects to learn more about your product or opportunity is one of the most critical skills you must develop as a Network Marketer. Let’s call it the “gateway” skill for Network Marketing because if you aren’t successful in getting anybody to take a look, then your future in this profession doesn’t look too good.
But you have to approach the invitation with the right mindset, or else you run the risk of chasing prospect away before you even have a chance to share your opportunity.
The Problematic “Invitation”
The problem most people have with the invitation is that they pitch their opportunity, and then they feel bad or awkward doing it. They feel like they are hounding their prospects, and their prospects probably feel attacked by their approach as well. Pretty soon, you have become known as the person to avoid. Everyone’s like “Oh, don’t talk to her. She’ll try to convince you to sign-up for her little parties.”
You’re not alone. I did this too when I first started out. I was a hunter. I didn’t really care about relationships. All I cared about was getting that new recruit. I did get a few to join, but most didn’t. And then people started to avoid me. Even worse, the people I did get to join my business tried to do the same thing I was doing, failed, and then quit. I was frustrated. Inviting wasn’t fun, and I definitely wasn’t being successful at it.
The Professional Invitation
I started studying successful people to see what they did. What I found surprised me. They were building relationships, building friendships. Their goal wasn’t to immediately recruit their prospects. Instead, they acted more like farmers, cultivating relationships. Their initial objective was to educate their prospects on what they had to offer and then let those prospects decide if it was something they wanted to do.
This was a HUGE switch in strategy for me and I began to look at things differently. I put myself in the prospect’s shoes and thought about what would be attractive to me and alternatively, what would cause me to put up my defenses. Instead of acting like a shark, I was more like a coach or consultant. I built relationships and then offered common-sense solutions to people’s problems.
Form Relationships with Prospects
And that is why so many people feel like they are hounding their prospects when they first approach them, because they are not coming from the mindset of being coaches and consultants. Instead, they think that they have to jump right in and tell their prospects why they’re going to miss this great opportunity if they don’t sign up.
Form a relationship with your prospect. Learn where they are in life, what they enjoy doing in their free time, what struggles they are facing. And let them know you are genuinely interested in them and their lives. Even if you just met them, become their friend in five minutes. Then, you can make your invite as someone who shares with them and educates them on an opportunity that you believe they would succeed in.
If you take this stance, you’ll find that the invitation becomes much less frustrating. You’ll become comfortable with the process. It will feel easy and natural, and you’ll find that you get more results.